Thiem edges through in Paris, Carreno Busta knocked out

31 Oct

Austrian fifth seed Dominic Thiem battled into the last 16 of the Paris Masters on Tuesday with a 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-4 victory over German lucky loser Peter Gojowczyk.The 24-year-old Thiem, who has reached the French Open semi-finals in each of the last…

EU, Japan ask UN to condemn N. Korea over rights abuses

31 Oct

The European Union and Japan asked the United Nations on Tuesday to condemn North Korea for gross human rights violations, drawing a link between severe hunger endured by North Koreans and Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear programs.After the death of US …

French foreign minister to visit Iran soon

31 Oct

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Tuesday he will soon travel to Iran to prepare a visit by President Emmanuel Macron and raise concerns about Tehran’s missile programs and regional role.The visit comes as France is hoping to salvage the …

El Shaarawy double as Roma maul Chelsea

31 Oct

Stephan El Shaarawy scored a brace as AS Roma mauled Chelsea 3-0 to claim top spot in Champions League Group C on Tuesday at the expense of the English champions.The rematch in Rome’s Stadio Olympico after a 3-3 thriller in London two weeks ago did not…

Bayern edge Celtic to reach Champions League last 16

31 Oct

Javi Martinez grabbed a late winner as Bayern Munich booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions League for the 10th successive season on Tuesday with a 2-1 Group B win over Celtic in Glasgow.The German champions took advantage of a Halloween ho…

US vows to again oppose UN vote against Cuba embargo

31 Oct

President Donald Trump’s administration will revive Wednesday the annual US tradition of voting against a UN resolution condemning the American trade embargo against Cuba.For just over a quarter of a century, Cuba has brought the motion before the Gene…

Kurzawa bags hat-trick as PSG blow away Anderlecht

31 Oct

Left-back Layvin Kurzawa was an unlikely hat-trick hero as Paris Saint-Germain destroyed Anderlecht 5-0 on Tuesday and sealed their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with two group games to spare.Marco Verratti and Neymar had scored brillian…

Rugby injury to sideline Van Niekerk for nine months

31 Oct

Star athlete Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa revealed on Tuesday that he injured his knee in a recent celebrity rugby match and could be sidelined for nine months.The Olympic and world 400-metre champion and world record-holder has cut short his hone…

Deaths, numerous injuries in Manhattan crash: police

31 Oct

Several people were killed and numerous others injured in New York on Tuesday when a suspect plowed a vehicle into a bike and pedestrian path in Lower Manhattan, and struck another vehicle on Halloween, police said.A suspect exited the vehicle holding …

General’s slip spotlights US troop numbers in Syria

31 Oct

Pentagon officials scrambled Tuesday to clarify how many US troops are in Syria after a general put the number at a “little over 4,000” — far higher than previous tallies.”I think it’s a little over 4,000 US troops in Syria right now that are supporti…

French Catholics lash out at cross removal

31 Oct

French Catholic authorities expressed anger Tuesday at the court-ordered removal of a cross from a statue of the late pope Jean-Paul II, which prompted outrage from his native Poland. France’s highest administrative court ruled last week that the cross…